Throw a party into the busy family week and we’re scrambling to pull a look together.

So when you’re darting between events or you’ve forgotten that must-attend function that starts in 30 minutes, lean on these tips to help you look pulled together.

Lay the foundations
While this first tip won’t necessarily help you in a pinch, consider it a friendly reminder that there are some simple ways you can lay the groundwork (without having to go to too much effort). For example, why not swap your usual moisturiser out for a gradual tanner that will give you a subtle summer glow? You could even pick up a product like Eco Tan’s Face Water or the Tan-Luxe Face Drops and incorporate them into your skincare routine each night. Speaking of skincare, we also recommend adding an exfoliation session into your weekly routine, as well as a daily Vitamin C serum to help achieve a youthful glow. Finally, if you’re into hair removal, try opting for a wax or even a few rounds of laser to ensure you’re never caught out #itstoohotforjeans.

Tell a colour story
In the wise words of Tan France, the resident stylist on Netflix’s Queer Eye, when you can’t think of an outfit, create a ‘colour story’ instead. An elevated example of monochromatic dressing, Tan’s ‘colour story’ approach suggests you keep all of your pieces within the same colour – think a cream top, beige skirt, white shoes and a tan bag, for example. We know what you’re thinking and, no, creating a colour story doesn’t have to be boring. Think about how great a blue linen button up shirt looks like with a great pair of denim, or vibrant red shoes with a red dress. And, when in doubt, don’t forget that you can always go for an all black ensemble – just try to mix up the textures, like pairing leather with cotton.

One sure fire way to not look put together is to forget to match your bag to your shoes – it can be a serious outfit ruiner! Don’t get us wrong, there are some exceptions where mis-matched accessories can work (a black bag and white sneakers is always a great combination, for example) but more often than not, it’s a good idea to coordinate the two. “But what about multicoloured accessories?!” we hear you ask. Simple! Just choose one of the colours – ideally one of the main ones – and use that as your reference point. If your outfit calls for a belt, remember that the same rules should apply. And finally, make sure that all pieces are in good condition (this might mean polishing them or replacing straps, buckles or laces if need be).

Have a go-to make up look
Having everything you need to put together a quick but put-together makeup look in your handbag is an absolute game changer. Your perfect on-the-go kit should include: a lightweight foundation that can be applied with your hands; brow gel; cream eyeshadow, that can be applied with your fingers; mascara; and a powder a few shades darker than your natural skin tone to sculpt and set your face. Of course, feel free to add in any additional extras to address your individual beauty concerns.

Have a fallback hairdo
Why is it that whenever we’re in a huge rush, our hair is always well past its ‘wash by’ date?! We’ve learned that it’s good to have a repertoire of hairstyles to combat bad hair days – from the slicked-back bun to the high ponytail. Here are our three favourites…

  • The Slick Rick: Brush your hair back into a low ponytail and secure with a hair tie, ensuring there are no bumps. Then, twist your ponytail around itself to create a neat ballet bun, and secure with a second hair tie. Add hair spray or gel to reduce the risk of flyaways, add some sparkly earrings and you’re golden.
  • The Girl Next Door: Brush your hair back into a mid or high ponytail and secure with a hair tie. With a curler or sea salt spray, add waves to your ponytail and tease to give it body. Take a small section of your ponytail and wrap around your hair tie, securing at the base of your ponytail with a bobby pin. Pull out a select few strands of hair at the front to frame your face and pair with a bold lip.
  • The Messy Bun: Your usual messy bun – the one you absent-mindedly throw up when you’re in the zone – is typically on top of your head, but this look calls for a messy bun worn low. Scrunch your hair into a bun and secure with a hair tie at the base of your head, pulling out sections of your hair at the front to frame your face. Spray with a light misting of hairspray to finish.


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